Legislative Updates: 115th Congress
Rep. Deutch Co-Introduces Landmark LGBT Equality Act
Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force, joined 193 of his colleagues to introduce the Equality Act, a landmark civil rights legislation that would guarantee federal protections for LGBT individuals.
The Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of federal funds.
Following introduction, Congressman Deutch issued this statement:
"From Stonewall to Pulse, the LGBT community has endured decades of intolerance, violence, and repression. But this inspiring community has always turned moments of darkness into hope and activism. As the American people embrace equality and our courts rule in favor of justice, it’s time for Congress to lift the last legal barriers to full equality. Whether you’re a student struggling with identity questions or a homeless LGBT person seeking support just to get by, you should be able to look to your government for equal protections, not fear state-sanctioned persecution. As a proud friend and ally, I pledge to use my voice and vote to demand full equality for the LGBT community."
You can access a fact sheet on the Equality Act here and the legislation text here.